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Driver Safety Tips: Navigating Roundabouts

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 23, 2019 2:00:40 PM

Do you remember that uneasy feeling and awkward sense of confusion the first time you encountered a roundabout? You were driving down a perfectly straight road that suddenly collided with a massive, paved circle, painted with white lines and dotted with bright, yellow yield signs. Enclosed in the center of the circle is an island of grass and some shrubbery. For some, it was like driving for the first time. Roundabouts can be quite tricky to navigate, but once you know the rules of the road, follow the signage, and gain some experience, you'll discover that roundabouts will actually help you make it safely to your destination in less time and with a lower chance of a collision.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Automatic Emergency Braking

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 22, 2019 3:23:45 PM

Sticking with the theme of our last blog article about Adaptive Cruise Control, I will compare the intelligence of emerging auto technology to the proliferation of computer IQ in The Matrix. Many embrace the invention of cars that sense and even think for us to some extent, while others fear that it takes too much responsibility out of our own hands. And if the Matrix trilogy taught us anything, it is to avoid self-aware mechanisms. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Driver Safety Tips: Adaptive Cruise Control

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 18, 2019 1:08:04 PM

I-Robot came out in 2004 and introduced its audiences to a dark vision of our future where cars drive themselves, robots are utilized by humans for nearly everything, and Lake Michigan has dried up. Luckily, we're nowhere near the latter two circumstances, but the first was already being realized when the film came out.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Another Surge in the Electric Vehicle Industry

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 3, 2019 4:15:25 PM

The year is now 2019, and we live in an era of innovative technology that is generally designed to make our lives easier. The electric car, for example, can save a consumer hundreds of dollars a year on gas and maintenance. It is important to consider that EV’s are best used as short-range vehicles, but for someone with a short commute and casual trips around town, they can be ideal.

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology, Driving Green

Safer Driving - Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 9, 2016 2:34:15 PM

 What would you think are the 3 leading causes of car accidents in America?  

Here are two hints... all 3 causes are human behaviors, and all are completely preventable.  

Below is a graph from the National Safety Council, which compares two images of activity in the human brain; one is an image of a person's brain while driving alone, and the second shows how the brain is affected when a person is driving while listening to someone talking on a phone. 

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A lot of people believe they can do multiple tasks at the same time just as well as if they were to focus on doing just one. 

But this graph and every recent car accident statistic shows, that this belief is not only impossible, but also very dangerous to your safety, and to the safety of others. 

So, to find the answer to the question above, click on the link here Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in America to read a brief article by Michael Pines, an accident and injury prevention expert in San Diego, who's on a campaign to end senseless injury, one blog at a time.   

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Topics: Driver Safety

Safer Driving - Exciting New Technologies

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 4, 2016 1:58:01 PM

Now you no longer have to worry about this happening to you... 

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Have you ever had a hard time parallel parking?... I know I sure have!  Luckily, car companies have now developed new technologies that will guide you (and me), carefully and accurately, right into that perfect parallel parking spot, which in the past you would try to avoid.

Here are a couple of new features that can help eliminate some of the daily stresses of parking: 

Automatic Parallel Parking - This feature will maneuver your car into a feasible parking space, positioning you to only having to gently brake and pull forward slightly with minor adjustments.  

Back-Up Warning System - When you shift into reverse, sensors on your rear bumper will scan behind your vehicle for objects and will alert you with a vibration, sound, or image. This feature is very helpful to detect small objects that cannot be seen below your rear window. 

To watch a brief fun video on just how amazing these new technologies are, just click on the link the National Safety Council, where you can also read about these new features that are now available to you, that can make for a more enjoyable (and safer) driving experience. 

 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What... Article #5

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 11, 2015 5:22:45 PM

Wow! There are so many new safety features in these 2016 models!  Automakers are introducing new, cutting-edge vehicles with innovative features, and we're also seeing major advancements in familiar features that we rely on every day such as your car's headlights and brakes. Today's article from our “Your Car Can Do What” series is here to inform you about the advancements in familiar technologies.

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What... Article #3

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 8, 2015 3:13:16 PM

Our “Your Car Can Do What” series has been created to keep you up to date on the latest safety features in new cars. The new safety features are interesting, but what about the safety features that have been around for a few years? Maybe you have an idea of what they do, but don’t really understand how they work?  Take a look . . .

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What . . . Article #2 of a 10-part series

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 1, 2015 4:20:49 PM

What are all these new safety features I’m hearing about? New safety technology in cars is advancing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Well, we’re here to help with our “Your Car Can Do What?” blog series.

Here are some new vehicle safety features for 2016: 

Forward Collision Warning- Sensors have been placed in the front of cars with this feature. The sensors detect cars, and in some cases objects, in front of you and will alert you in case you are too close to the car. This feature is only to alert drivers of a potential hazard and should no be relied on to completely prevent a collision.

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 28, 2015 4:06:42 PM

Article #1 of a 10-part series on Driver Safety
Have you heard of all the new advanced safety features that are now available on 2016 model cars? To gain a sense of just how far safety technology in new cars has evolved in the past five years, take a look at your smartphone. Now think of the cell phone you carried 10 years ago. What kind of cell phone did you have 20 years ago? Right! Today's new cars are just as advanced as today's smartphones, and one area where technology is having a major positive impact is in keeping drivers safe. Sure, new cars are quieter, more aerodynamic, they get better fuel economy, and offer more features for your comfort and convenience like Bluetooth and Navigation systems. All of this is certainly impressive, but automakers truly deserve a standing ovation for investing billions of dollars to make our cars safer to drive. 

I have to admit, until I started doing some research, I hadn't even heard of many of the new driver safety features, and I sure didn't know how they actually work? It's really hard to keep up with all of this information.  So, to make it easier for the average consumer to stay informed, the National Safety Council launched a campaign on a new website called, My Car Does What.org where you'll find brief videos and info-grapghics that provide very engaging and easy-to-understand explanations of vehicle safety features for drivers like me who don't have a degree in physics.

Here's a preview of three new vehicle safety features for 2016:

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Topics: Driver Safety

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